Trials & Litigation

PowerPoint Presentation Sparked Jones Day-Motley Rice 'Sandbox' Spat


Updated: It now appears that it wasn’t merely a document but a PowerPoint presentation on legal costs allegedly purloined by an unknown person from a 2004 Sherwin-Williams board meeting that is at issue in a contentious dispute between Jones Day and Motley Rice.

Motley Rice, which represents the state of Rhode Island in lead litigation against the paint manufacturer, wants to use information from the PowerPoint presentation when arguing in state-court there that Rhode Island shouldn’t have to pay Sherwin-Williams’ costs, according to the Plain Dealer.

But Jones Day, which represents Sherwin-Williams, has filed suit in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in Ohio, contending that the slides used in the presentation were stolen and are confidential. The action seeks not only the return of the PowerPoint presentation but to unmask the identity of the person who provided the slides to Rhode Island, the newspaper recounts.

For additional details on this hard-fought ongoing dispute between the two law firms, read the latest ABAJournal.com post.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “In Document Dustup, Lawyer Compares Jones Day Team to Kids in a Sandbox”

Updated at 5 p.m. on April 10 to include link to latest ABAJournal.com post.

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